Sylvia Kristel, actor, born 28 September 1952; died 18 October 2012. “There can be few film actors so closely associated with one role as was Sylvia Kristel, who has died of cancer aged 60. The title role of the sexually adventurous housewife in “Emmanuelle” (1974) became a reference for every part she played subsequently. This was not surprising, as the Dutch star did play a character called Emmanuelle, with few variations, many times over. … After a convent school education, Kristel became a photographic model, with a lack of inhibition that landed her role in “Emmanuelle” – soon followed by “Emmanuelle 2” (1975) … As Maria Theresa, Kristel led a cast that included Ursula Andress, Cornel Wilde, Beau Bridges, Rex Harrison and Olivia de Havilland in “The Fifth Musketeer” (1979). It was among the few mainstream movies that Kristel made, another being “The Concorde… Airport ’79” (1979) in which she is a flight attendant who says to the captain (George Kennedy): “You pilots are such… men,” only to receive the reply: “They don’t call it the cockpit for nothing, honey.” … A heavy smoker from the age of 11, she was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001, and then lung cancer.” The Guardian.
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